1# Set Expectations:Before picking up the project, you should communicate clearly about the timeline. How much time the project will take or how much time you need to do any modifications after completing certain portions of the projects. One should have a clear understanding of the type of work the client is expecting. It should be done in the initial stage, this will avoid any problems that might occur if the work is not up to the client’s expectations.
2# Make A Contract:At the initial stage of your freelance career, you need to work on a low payout in order to get visible in the market. Once you get enough projects, and visible, you can raise your expectations thereafter. Before finalizing any project, make a contract with your client in which the payment methods are clearly mentioned. For example, 50% in advance and then a monthly breakdown of 30% and 20% remaining amount to be paid when the project is completed. The contract will avoid any confusion and problems that might be related to deadlines or payments.
3# Pick your Area of Interest:One can become an expert only when he picks up the area of his/her interest and the same is applicable in digital marketing while working as a freelancer. Work only on the part where you are confident enough to take care of things. For example, if you are an expert in SEO but not in Ad Words, do not accept any project which has Ad Words. It is always better to not accept projects that are not related to your expertise.
4# Showcase your work:Once you are done with your website or any other work which you have done on the personal level (no clients were involved), use that work to showcase your skills to the clients to get more business. The more work you showcase, the better business you attract. Be proactive on social media pages such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Use your social media marketing skills to promote yourself. Post regularly and maintain a blog using relevant keywords. This will definitely not only rank up your website but also bring you in the eyes of prospective clients.
5# Have a Backup Plan:Effectively focusing your energy in several different areas means it’s easier to ensure you have some way of making hay while your other field lays fallow. You need to make sure that if your plan A is working quietly then you should push plan B so that your work can be completed within the timeframe.
6# Be patient:The most important thing while building your career as a freelancer is to be patient. You will not receive projects in one day, it is a process that takes time. So do not lose hope if you are not getting a response in one go. At the same time, one must also understand that every person has a different working style and behavior. Adapting to different environments and working styles is yet again very important.
Types of Freelancer:
- SEO Specialist
- PPC Specialist
- Facebook Ad Management
- Google AdWords
- Affiliate Marketer
- Content Writer
- Media Buyer
- Business to Business or B2B Demand Specialist